Who We Are

Catalyft, LLC, is an independent business improvement consulting and advisory firm.

We are a catalyst whose singular focus is assisting clients who want to rapidly amplify their organizations’ performance to the next levels.

We help clients gain a deep understanding of their own organizational capabilities through diagnostics, provide on-demand organizational excellence capacity, and implement customized, collaborative operational changes translating into financial results.  Catalyft partners with top performing companies, those facing operational and financial hurdles, and those in merger transition.

To accomplish this, we retain and develop intellectually-curious top talent in the marketplace, combine the best practices of our vast senior experience, and then focus this power through the lens of a tested holistic approach.

What We Do

We help organizations make more meaningful and sustainable performance improvements with far greater magnitude, speed, and certainty than could be achieved through internal efforts alone

To accomplish this we focus and execute on the following, which are delivered to our clients with unrivaled rigor, integrity, and attention to detail:

» We identify, qualify, and quantify improvement opportunities and trapped value

» We design solutions that capture those opportunities and release the trapped value

» We collaboratively implement those solutions to enable the benefits to be realized

Our Culture

The reason for our inception was to bring a unique culture to the consulting landscape.

In an industry fraught with relying on one or two top “stars,” we have created a company culture that demands every one of our clients receive a senior level of direct service. Each of our engagements has senior management direct involvement, rather than the more common industry practice of a senior consultant leading an army of younger associates.

At Catalyft, our success depends on leveraging strengths from the best people. That’s why our team is made up of the most talented and dedicated individuals in their field. People who are passionate, driven, and act with the highest level of integrity and personal attention to detail. At the heart of our culture is an entrepreneurial spirit and tradition of excellence. Our teammates continually strive to deliver exceptional value, and ask ourselves to make a significant investment in our continued learning and development. This high performance team culture also emphasizes work/life balance.

We embrace a culture of leadership based on service without hierarchical hurdles or internal politics, where people support each other to find solutions in an open, collaborative manner for one unwavering purpose: to maximize the value to our clients.

Our Values

At Catalyft, we hold our core values in the highest regard.

They are woven into the very fabric of our organization. We serve at the pleasure of our clients is a fundamental mindset to our core values. The needs of our company and of ourselves fall respectively behind that to enable a robust decision making compass that keeps our organization continuously aligned with our purpose.  Catalyft believes it is this devotion to our clients that sets us apart – every day.

Our values provide the foundation for the way we conduct ourselves both personally and professionally. We embrace meritocracy, encourage active debate to ensure the best solutions are unearthed, and require an unquenchable thirst for self-development. These values – coupled with our entrepreneurial spirit – make working at Catalyft a truly unique experience within the business landscape.


the quality of being honest and maintaining a firm adherence to a code of moral and ethical principles: incorruptibility; an unimpaired condition: soundness; the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: completeness.

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.
— Junius


the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
— Daniel J. Boorstin


the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation; the demonstration of the ability to be brave in facing possible danger and hardship by drawing upon an inner strength of character to stand firm on matters of personal principles and conviction.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
— Winston Churchill


the center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion; the center of a person’s thoughts and emotions, especially love, compassion, or enthusiasm.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Working at Catalyft

Our philosophy means we hire professionals who are not only talented and experienced, but also diligent and, most importantly, of high character – what we believe to be the important quality when faced with the challenges that businesses who call on us encounter.

Consequently, we have an extensive interview and vetting process that helps ensure the people we hire are a perfect fit for us, and vice versa.

– Our working environment is both challenging and exciting. Team members enjoy an entrepreneurial culture, individualized career development opportunities, a cross-training philosophy that builds skills and broadens strengths, and strong, collaborative working relationships at every level of our organization.

– At Catalyft, you will be immersed in intense, thought-provoking work that produces results. And unlike traditional firms, we analyze, plan, and work shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients to implement the very solutions we propose. If you want to see your efforts come to life, Catalyft just might be for you.

– To retain the best professionals in the marketplace, we offer a highly competitive compensation package.

– We provide unmatched client service by only hiring people with superior character, wisdom, and work ethic– and by giving them the tools and encouragement to achieve their highest potential.

– At Catalyft, you’re the driver of your own career. To support you, we offer a robust career development planning process, regular opportunities for performance feedback, and a rigorous performance review process designed to help you succeed.

– We also offer training opportunities for skill development, including mentoring and coaching, and regular communication. Much of our training is developed internally and facilitated by our own expert colleagues.

What Makes Us Different

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein

Our clients are everything to us. As the keystone to Catalyft's very existence, we enthusiastically earn our clients' trust with every action. Our Catalyft team is instrumental to taking care of our clients. Therefore, we are comprised of consulting veterans, subject matter experts, and industry executives who are energized by developing pragmatic solutions to daunting business challenges - all while working side-by-side with our clients.

  1. We talk straight-talk⇒ you aren’t going to need an interpreter to translate what we just said.
  2. We deliver results⇒ we work shoulder-to-shoulder until improvements are realized. Theories don’t hit the P&L and the Balance Sheet.
  3. We are collaborative⇒ we develop bespoke solutions that fit your organizations’ needs, not sell our solution-from-a-box.
  4. We value our relationships⇒  we don’t vanish at the end of an engagement just because fees have been collected. And we require client satisfaction at all levels of an organization from our teams on every engagement.
  5. We are engagement based⇒ we don’t build solutions that keep our people around on retainer like an annuity.
  6. We are practitioner-led⇒ we don’t pass you around various members of our organization through each step in the process like we’re speed dating.
  7. We employ a senior model⇒ you won’t be paying for the training and development of a cast of newly minted MBA’s that lack practical experience. It also means we provide sound experienced operational advice throughout the merger and acquisition process
  8. We maintain client confidentiality⇒ there’s no page of client logos splattered across our website. Although, you will certainly be speaking with references before we work together.
  9. We dedicate ourselves to our clients⇒ we don’t invest our clients’ time writing whitepapers and books, we invest it in improvements for our clients’ business.
  10. Our logo⇒ we owe each client at least a five to one return on their investment, thus, the purple and green from the $5 bill serves as a constant reminder of our yardstick for success.
  11. We do what we preach⇒ our lean back-office enables us to double the value put into our delivery team compared to other firms, and at a lower cost.
  12. We implement transformational improvement programs & strategies that rapidly improve performance⇒ our engagements are designed to be completed in weeks or months – not years.
  13. We are hands-on⇒ we don’t implement through edict or email but by collaboratively working with our clients’ people until results are realized.
  14. We implement robust & sustainable solutions⇒ our performance management systems won’t be a compilation of miscellaneous spreadsheets.
  15. We are agile⇒ Responsive and Nimble didn’t keep working on making better buggy whips once the automobile was introduced. When our client’s needs change, we adjust in real time.


Dean W. Lampman – Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Catalyft, LLC.

For 32 years Dean has delivered significant measurable performance gains in over 300 organizations. His demonstrated acumen to quickly interpret complex business issues, develop improvement strategies, design and implement behaviors, processes & management systems that lift revenues and dramatically improve performance across the value chain has delivered in excess of $2.2 billion in annualized client benefits.

Prior to founding Catalyft, he held multiple key executive positions, including 10 years as a Senior Partner, Executive Vice President of Logistics, and the Director of Operations and Presenting Lead Analyst for the Americas. He has an extensive level of expertise working with senior management and private equity firms, and an industry diversity that has honed a capability for leveraging best practices both within and across multiple sectors.

Over last three decades Dean has designed and delivered improvements to organizations through revenue, margin, cash, integrated operational performance across the value chain, leadership development, and change management programs. Mr. Lampman is often requested to provide his insight on organizational readiness for upcoming market changes, assess levels of trapped value, and participate in many activities surrounding mergers & acquisitions including the deal teams. As a result of his expertise and consistent ability to deliver results at a transformational pace, he is frequently invited to provide operational leadership for turnaround situations.

Dean is an alumni of The Ohio State University and an active member of TMA, Mensa, and The OSU Department of Mathematics Advisory Board.

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